Pastor's Page - March





Dear Parish Family,

March 1st, Ash Wednesday, begins the holy season of Lent.  It is the time in our Church year where many of our people make a concerted effort to step up their faith game.  It is a time of deeper prayer, fasting and receptivity to God working in our lives.  I love this season and the incredible opportunity it offers each of us. 

In the past our parishes have provided some very good books and devotional readings to assist your time with the Lord in this holy season of Lent and Easter.  This year we are trying something new, dynamic and family based.  Our two parishes have purchased the digital program FORMED.ORG. for all of our parishioners for two months!   This digital evangelization program is a doorway to learning more about our faith, ourselves and the beauty of our God.  The program, which is easily accessed through our web page, is broken into four areas of interest.  The first area involves programs and presenters of our faith.  There are great speakers like Bishop Barron and his program-  Catholicism, Scott Hahn and his many exciting talks and Dr. Edward Sri.  The second area of opportunity is Audio.  There are many very interesting talks and presentations helping us to live our faith.  These programs can be listened to in your cars, on your phones and other digital devices.  Thirdly, the program offers a variety of movies that your entire family can enjoy.  And finally the last category of the Formed program contains books which you can read on your computers, iPads and Kindles.

I hope this parish gift is one that will bring you and your family much insight into who you are as a Catholic people.  Gifts, however, are only wonderful if they are used by the one who is gifted.  Please make the time to register today and explore this very dynamic program by clicking on the FORMED icon below.

Thank you for all you do for our combined communities.  Have a wonderful Lent.

Fr Rick




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Lenten Activities - March

March 1
Ash Wednesday Masses & Distribution of Ashes
St. Matthew - Distribution of Ashes at 4:30pm & Mass at 7:00pm
St. Bernard - 8:00am Mass & Distribution of Ashes at 12:05pm & 4:00pm
Lenten Soup Supper 4:30pm - 7:00pm at St. Bernard

 March 11
Lenten Bread and Soup Supper after the 5:00pm Mass at St. Matthew

  March 20
Parish Reconciliation Service 7:00pm at St. Matthew

 March  24
The Light Is On For You - Reconciliation 6:00am - 10:00pm at St. Bernard

March  26
Parish Mission 3:30pm at St. Matthew
Sister Elissa—“The Writings of Pope Francis”

  March 27
Parish Mission 6:30pm at St. Bernard
Sister Elissa—”What is Informed Conscience?”

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Lenten Talks
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Regular Mass Schedule

Saturday (Vigil) - 5:00pm

Sunday - 8:30 & 10:30am

Daily Mass - St. Matthew:
(T, Th, F) - 9:00am

Daily Mass - St. Bernard:
(M, W, F) - 8:00am

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We are now yoked with St. Bernard of Rockville to form "The Catholic Community of St. Matthew and St. Bernard" with Fr. Rick Ricard as Pastor of this new Catholic Community assisted by Fr. Bill Olesik, Deacon Michael Berstene and Deacon Ron Freedman.  To learn more about the yoking process, please read Guidelines for Yoked Parishes in the Diocese of Norwich.


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